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“I Can’t Believe They Ate That”: Glory and Sacrifice in World War II

With one in every seven soldiers hailing from Pennsylvania, we are rife with stories of honor and valor. Learn how Pennsylvania’s famed 28th Division earned the moniker, “Bloody Bucket.”  Become enveloped in one of the most incredible dogfights in American history; featured in a documentary on the History Channel. Lean forward and hear how an unlikely middle aged soldier known as “the old man” would distinguish himself as the last Medal of Honor winner of World War II. Keeping in mind that success on the battlefield depended upon the pivotal role of American women, we will examine ways in which their willingness to labor and sacrifice ensured our nation’s victory.  




Essential Questions:

Describe American military participation and impact on the homefront.
What is the importance of propaganda and the changing role of women from World War I through the Cold War?
How did the homefront help the war effort through popular support and rationing?
Explain why citizens were willing to undergo such hardships.
How did the U.S. mobilize for war in the areas of industry, science, and the media?
How is history interpreted to relate the past to the present?
How do the concepts of family, education, leisure, government, economics, religion, and communication define a culture?

History Standards:   8.1 A,B,C,D    8.2.12 A,B,C,D    8.3.12 A,B,C,D   8.4.12 A,B,C,D

Reading Standards
: 1.1.5.A,G    1.2.A  1.3.A,F   1.6.A,B,D,E

“I think it was really neat how you bring in all the props and pass them around because students don’t like hearing someone come in and just talk for 45 minutes; students like to be able to have fun while learning at the same time.  I really enjoyed your program.”
         Carly N.